Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Education


Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders


Bowers, Lisa

Committee Member/Reader

Bowers, Andrew

Committee Member/Second Reader

Srivastava, Pradyumn


The study was conducted on a sample of 43 students between two Head Start locations, A and B. Sociodemographic information was obtained via questionnaires completed by parents at locations A and B. The Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, Fourth Edition (DIAL-4) was the screener used to assess each child’s performance with regards to language, concept, and motoric development. There was no significant difference between locations A and B for concept and language sub-test standard scores. DIAL motor sub-test scores for locations A and B were statistically significant. This study found that the DIAL is a reliable way to measure concept and language development of preschoolers attending Head Start programs.